October is National Audiology Awareness Month
More than 30 million veterans suffer from some form of hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises during their military service. Noise from jet engines, loud weaponry, and explosions often cause partial or complete hearing loss. Tinnitus, a constant ringing or humming in the ears, is also a common problem among veterans. For this reason, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is promoting audiology awareness during the month of October.
The VA healthcare facilities are some of the foremost sources for research in hearing treatments. The VA’s National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research in Portland, OR is a world leader in audiology research and care.
Both aging and young veterans are at a risk of hearing loss or damage due to their military occupation. Most recently, the veteran population of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts has reported more servicemembers and veterans with hearing conditions due to IED blasts.
Just last month, the VA helped encourage more veterans to have their hearing checked and to seek treatment for any current hearing problems by allowing them to schedule audiology appointments without a primary care referral.
If Your Military Service Caused a Disabling Condition, You May Be Eligible for Benefits
The VA provides disability benefits to veterans who suffered an injury or illness due to their military service. If you believe you have a service-connected disability and need help filing for benefits or appealing a denied benefits claim, the Disability Help Group is here to offer support.
Call 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates.